Paul Jenkins


Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) was a major American abstract painter who first established his reputation in post-war France.   

Along with artists such as Sam Francis and Jack Youngerman, Jenkins worked mostly in Paris in the 1950s. As a result his work developed in tandem with, rather than following the New York School. 

Jenkins, like the aforementioned artists, came to Paris because of the famous G.I. Bill which covered veterans' tuition and other expenses while studying. Jenkins would settle in Paris around 1953; however, by 1960 he had a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming one of the most recognizable and commercially successful abstract artists. 

Jenkins’ innovative approach aligned him with the Abstract Expressionists. Known for avoiding the paintbrush, the artist dripped paint, or watercolor directly onto his surfaces. His experiments with watercolor were unrivalled, and he is one of the only artists of his era to continuously explore the abstract potential of watercolors. 

"Phenomena Near Heaven Hill" is a paradigm of Jenkin's aesthetic featuring diaphanous streaks of color and gentle, flowing forms. Layers of colorful veils of coexist and interact together creating an abstraction full of life and movement. 

Jenkins' works can be found in the permanent collections of many of the most prestigious institutions globally including the Tate (London), the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Guggenheim Museum (NY), the Smithsonian Museum (NY), and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) to name a few. 

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"Phenomena Near Heaven Hill"

USA, 1979

Watercolor on paper

Signed by the artist.

Titled, signed and dated verso.

30‚ÄĚH 42‚ÄĚW (work)

37.5"H 50"W (framed)

Very good condition 

Note: Framed with plexiglass. Minor wear to the plexiglass.

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